"Looking for a job itself is a full-time job.”
We often hear people say it when they are in a job search. Everyone has their own job search strategy. However, there are specific steps you shouldn’t neglect throughout your process. How can you navigate this process to land your dream job faster?
In this blog, our mentor, Jeslyn Xie, Senior Consultant, Talent Acquisition at Scotiabank, sheds light on some effective tips to build a successful job search strategy that can simplify the overwhelming job hunt process while helping you land your ideal job.
The most inefficient way to conduct a job search is to apply for jobs blindly and hope to get a hit. Self-evaluation and market research are necessary before submitting your applications. Below are some questions you may want to consider while preparing:
If you are an experienced professional, ask yourself:
If you are a recent graduate, ask yourself:
It depends on how aggressive your job search strategy is. If you are actively looking, then create accounts on all major job boards. LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, Neuvoo, etc. Many of these websites have their own versions of profile templates. Take some time to fill them out—especially LinkedIn, which is the best place to build your professional social media presence.
If you prefer some privacy, you should still complete your LinkedIn profile. It can significantly boost the possibility of employers/recruiters identifying you. While you have your online professional profiles in place, attaching a Word version resume, whether you are applying through job boards or company career sites, is also suggested.
Consider your job search as a project. Create a spreadsheet, and log all the jobs you have applied for. Be sure to include the position title, job code, company name, application date, latest status, and date received. This can help track your application status and avoid duplicates. It also helps to analyze your response and interview ratios, etc.
According to Jobvite’s 2019 Job Seeker Nation Survey, although online job boards and employer career sites remain the top two places for candidates to submit their applications, nearly 50% of respondents get to know about jobs through word of mouth. Another 37% say they learn through professional networks.
Reaching out to your network can significantly widen your exposure to opportunities. Don’t know where to go? Here are some options:
This is obvious yet often overlooked by most job seekers. One should remember that we learn from our failures, though, and the key is to analyze and improve upon them. Here's how you can rectify your mistakes by considering the below pointers:
Connect with our mentor on a 1:1 session to learn more such impactful ways and get expert guidance on your job hunt strategy. With insights and feedback from mentors, you can easily identify the bottlenecks that are leading you to undesired outcomes and further strengthen your profile. ⚡️
Senior Consultant, Talent Acquisition at Scotiabank
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